OK, so your taste is a little extra. And we get it! Bold motifs, sparkling embellishments, and Swarovski crystals never looked as good as they do on dramatic back wedding dresses. So, for your viewing pleasure, we’ve compiled our top 11 dramatic back wedding gowns for the statement bride. Now let’s get the inspiration rolling!
Keyhole Back Princess Wedding Gown Mathias by Sottero and Midgley
Anyone say fairy princess? Embrace the whimsy of third dimensional florals in this long-sleeve keyhole back wedding dress with bouquet-inspired motifs and high-impact illusion.
Featuring layers of tulle, Swarovski crystals, a plunging V-neck, and a striking keyhole back with a tulle tie, this 3-D floral wedding dress called Mathias by Sottero and Midgley is the perfect combo of statement and romance.
Minimalist Mikado Mermaid Wedding Dress Nadia by Maggie Sottero
Love drama but searching for a simple satin mermaid wedding dress? Consider Nadia by Maggie Sottero. We promise your bride tribe will be 100% on board with matching your chic and minimalist vibe.
Tip: Don’t feel that you have to go all out on your wedding dress to have a standout look for your wedding. Sometimes less is more, especially with an illusion lace back like this one!
Pair this dramatic back wedding dress with the right accessories, and you’ll be sure to make a statement. We’re thinking a dazzling bridal crown, glam HAMU, and over-the-top forals!
Unique Plus Size Bridal Gown Boden by Sottero and Midgley
Calling all curvy brides! Embrace your inner bombshell with one of our favorite dramatic back wedding dresses, AKA Boden by Sottero and Midgley. This unique plus size wedding dress featuring Stretch Mikado and an illusion floral sequin lace back will not only flatter your curves but also give you just the right amount of coverage and support.
However you choose to style it, we promise this elegant mermaid Mikado wedding gown will be a sophisticated and romantic upgrade to your wedding wardrobe. Trés chic!
Dramatic Back Wedding Dress Elizabetta by Rebecca Ingram
If you’ve got your heart set on having a boho celebration, we can’t help but steer you in the direction of gorgeous florals and a slinky silhouette. For your consideration: Elizabetta by Rebecca Ingram.
This dramatic back wedding dress in nature-inspired motifs features all our favorites, including illusion lace halter straps, a plunging V-neckline, and Roma satin lining for comfort.
Tip: A keyhole back is great for athletic figures, as it calls attention to your natural waist and the curve of your back, while slenderizing your shoulders. What more could we ask for?
Dramatic Halter Back Wedding Dress Anthony by Sottero and Midgley
Hear us out: a super effortless and super *simple* wedding dress could be the showstopper you didn’t know you needed. Case in point? Anthony by Sottero and Midgley, an alluring, minimalist mermaid wedding dress featuring Devine stretch crepe and classic tailoring.
Featuring a unique illusion halter back and Scuba crepe lining for support, this slinky wedding gown is utterly hypnotic. Who knew low-key chic could look so fabulous?
Tip: For brides wanting to make even more of a statement, consider pairing your bridal gown with a tulle cape with lace appliqués for when you walk down the aisle!
Off-the-Shoulder Backless Bridal Dress Emiliano by Maggie Sottero
Embrace your curves, love your assets, and play up your profile with this off-the-shoulder sheath wedding dress. This style is certainly designed for the spotlight, and we know you’ll look fabulous in it!
We’re getting Hailey Bieber vibes from Emiliano by Maggie Sottero with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a plunging scoop back. And the sweet and simple design of beaded lace and chiffon lends itself to a variety of wedding aesthetics, including your summer garden soiree. Complete your summery look with a portrait neckline and lightweight power mesh lining for breathability, and you’ll be set to dance all night!
Affordable Illusion Back Bridal Gown Alma by Rebecca Ingram
Presenting one of our most romantic dramatic back wedding dresses—Alma by Rebecca Ingram. This demure lace mermaid wedding dress makes us feel like spring has arrived! So, whatever your wedding season, please think of crocuses and lilacs in the fresh May air.
Featuring cascading motifs over Chantilly lace and a plunging sweetheart neckline, this gown’s most statement feature (in our humble opinion!) is its stunning deep illusion back. Pair it with detachable lace shoulder straps, and you’ve got a look that will make your guests swoon when you leave your reception!
To browse more affordable wedding dresses like this budget-friendly wedding dress, visit our Rebecca Ingram collection page!
Vintage Puff Sleeve Wedding Dress Armante by Sottero and Midgley
Let’s talk winter weddings. You’ll need coverage, of course, and a chic silhouette. And for your vintage soul, a crepe sheath wedding dress in bell sleeves and heirloom-inspired lace!
One of our favorite things about Armante by Sottero and Midgley is the shoulders and sleeves. We’re also swooning over the illusion lace cutouts on the bodice and the statement-making, plunging sequined lace back.
Tip: Talin stretch crepe is one of the best fabrics for winter because it keeps in warmth and looks great against a cool backdrop. Just make sure to wear shapewear underneath your gown, as crepe tends to show lines and hug curves. This style, however, is lined with Donella crepe for comfort and support so you can keep your shapewear minimal. So chic!
Romantic V-back Wedding Gown Meletta by Maggie Sottero
Presenting Meletta by Maggie Sottero. We consider this our “Grecian glamour with a boho twist” kind of package—a romantic A-line wedding dress with style and sophistication.
The open V-back adds a romantic touch of “undone” to your look, while the beaded illusion lace bodice, illusion side panels, and flowy, nearly-transparent tulle skirt give a Greek goddess aesthetic. What more could we ask for?
Illusion Bateau Neck Bridal Dress Edmund by Sottero and Midgley
We’re getting chic Snow Princess vibes from this delicate illusion back sheath wedding dress, but that’s not to say it wouldn’t dazzle at a June party either.
The Allover beaded lace and geometric motifs give a romantic vibe, while the plunging illusion bateau neckline and statement back give a sleek, sexy vibe. It’s win-win with Edmund by Sottero and Midgley!
Tip: When it comes to illusion backs, there are two ways to pull off this statement trend without going too risqué. First, find a balance between optical illusion and nude underlay. And second, make sure the nude with illusion looks bare enough while also not revealing too much. The key is balance!
Nature-inspired Illusion Back Wedding Dresses Keenan and Keenan Lynette by Maggie Sottero
Did anyone ask for dramatic back wedding dresses with a boho twist? We present these nature-inspired wedding dresses for your consideration. Lace motifs float gently over glitter textured tulle on Keenan by Maggie Sottero.
This dramatic back wedding dress features all our faves, including a leafy illusion back, plunging V-neckline, and demure illusion lace cap-sleeves—plus an extended scalloped lace train!
And for curvy brides wanting to rock a statement back wedding dress, Keenan’s sister style Keenan Lynette is for you! We’re getting breezy summer vibes from this lace plus-size wedding dress, featuring nature-inspired motifs over glitter tulle, illusion lace cap-sleeves, and an extended scalloped train!
Tip: Curvy brides—don’t feel like you have to settle for a boring back to get more coverage and support! Keenan Lynette’s slightly raised back with nude illusion proves that even bustier brides can rock a statement back wedding dress!
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